Swinney: Clemson's top recruit likely to redshirt

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says freshman defensive back Mackensie Alexander is likely to redshirt this season after having surgery to facilitate healing of a nagging groin injury.

Alexander was considered the top prospect in last year's signing class and figured to have the best chance at making a quick on-field impact for the third-ranked Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Instead, Alexander injured his groin right during camp in August and has not played.

Swinney said Tuesday the surgery was successful and Alexander is rehabbing. But that will take another two-to-three weeks and Swinney says it made more sense to hold him until next season.

Swinney says that could change if Clemson is hit with additional injuries in the secondary.

Alexander, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is from Immokalee, Fla.

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